Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Religious Kids Are More Selfish Than Non-Religious Kids

Well that’s a surprise…

[Addendum: Another article on the same study, this time from Scientific American: Children with a Religious Upbringing Show Less Altruism ]

Religious Kids Are More Selfish Than Non-Religious Kids, Study Says

By VICE News | November 6, 2015 | 2:00 pm

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November 7, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, religion | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Altruist and psychopaths

Altruist and psychopaths — did you ever think they were opposites? From The Economist, Sep 20th 2014:

Right on!

Self-sacrifice, it seems, is the biological opposite of psychopathy

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December 25, 2014 Posted by | behaviour, brain | , , , , | Leave a comment

Overconfidence: good AND bad

You’d think overconfidence would be a bad trait to have.  This article discusses why it can be good.  From Discover Magazine, Jan-Feb 2012:

The Too-Sure Thing

Overconfidence can help explain wars, financial disasters, and collapsed 
civilizations. Social scientist James Fowler explores how such a destructive social 
trait manages to thrive.

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May 17, 2012 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour | , , , | Leave a comment

Altruistic punishment

Interesting blog found on the web:

Altruistic Punishment Seen As Explanation For Mass Political Behaviors

UC Davis political scientist James Fowler mathematically models altruistic punishment.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, evolutionary psychology, politics | , , | Leave a comment